There is an African song/saying that says, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” I don’t think that phrase applies only to Africa, it seems to take on its own meaning here in the States too. I feel that when it comes to getting all the things that we need for our babies, the communities we live in really chip in. I’ve heard things like, “Don’t buy baby clothes, I have a ton that my little one has outgrown.” Or “Wait, before you buy a crib and come check mine out first. We’re not going to have any more children so we don’t need it.
The things that we don’t get as hand-me-downs often come in the form of shower gifts. The idea is that the expectant couple need not buy a thing thanks to their family, church, and friends helping out. What’s best is not the gifts you get, but the experience that comes with them. “Becca, I got you this placemat because it’s wonderful for going to restaurants. Sticks right to the table, can’t be thrown around the room and it wipes off!” I would have never thought of that. Or, “You won’t need them yet, but my daughter loved these sippy cups. Maybe you’ll find them useful when your daughter is a toddler.” Whether things are given to us to keep, or passed back and forth between families, it’s really nice to have that financial support when it comes to getting the things our children need. So, I thought, “Why not do this with cloth diapers?” Why not practice the hand-me-down and pass around tactics we use with other baby items